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How to successfully buy antiques for sale on the internet


The main dilemma facing the internet buyer is one of trust and confidence. Here are some tips: 1. The antique shop should be long established, and the best ones are usually family run businesses. 2. They will have their reputation to protect, which was built up over many years. 3. The antique dealer will be [...]

The evolution of the antique dealer/collector


It is interesting to speculate as to how antique dealers and collectors evolve. Most do so through a long family tradition of being encouraged at an early age to appreciate beautiful things. As a guest on last summer’s Rolls Royce 20-Ghost Club Tour of Poland I was reminded of the parallels between owners of these [...]

Some reflections on life in England during the 17th and 18th centuries


During the 17th century England became steadily richer. Trade and commerce expanded hugely. By the 17th century trade was an increasingly important part of the English economy. Meanwhile industries such as glass, brick making, iron smelting, coal mining and fine cabinetmaking all expanded rapidly. During the 17th century the status of merchants in society improved. People [...]

Some useful tips on how to establish the authenticity of Georgian multiple pedestal dining tables


Some useful tips on how to establish the authenticity of Georgian multiple pedestal dining tables. These observations are included thanks largely to conversations had back in the 1950's with old established dealers who often started their careers as young apprentice cabinet makers commissioned to create the numerous 'alterations' we encounter today: In all too many [...]

How the antiques trade has changed​


​The late ​Monty Sainsbury​ of Bath was my mentor​ who started out as a 'runner' long before WW2. He told me in order to get the news he would as a boy run down to the local station and wait on the platform for the London train. The engine driver would slow down and shout [...]

Do not allow your taste and good sense to be hi-jacked by any one


There are many large vested interests doing their best to dictate what constitutes good taste and sophistication in 2018. These powerful groups are determined to control the direction of the antiques market, trying to attract attention to their own ideas of ‘minimalism’ as well as their estimated values which are very often notably wide [...]

Antiques Show


Generally speaking every town has its regular antiques show and antique market. These are mainly for amateurs and those new to the antique market. The T.V. Antiques Show The 'Antiques Roadshow' has gained a huge following recently with TV showbiz type presenters surrounding themselves with dealers selling antiques. They will evaluate people's antiques and have contestants [...]

Antique Auctions


Many antique auctions are relative newcomers with the London Antique Auction Houses controlling much of the antique auctions business since their introduction of the highly controversial ‘Buyers Premium’ in the 1970s. You only need study an auctioneers catalogue small print and euphemisms used, to understand the potential pitfalls, an antique auction is a place only [...]

Antique Shops


In the old days antique dealers and collectors used to mainly patronize antique shops. Well established antique shops were the only effective place to find antiques. Shops proliferated in the post war era with a huge growth in numbers starting up in the 1960s with many coming and going but always with a secure place [...]

Antique Fairs


There are Antique Fairs almost every day country wide. The Grosvenor House Antique Fairs It took place every June since 1934 and was recognized as the best in the world. Dealers were selling antiques covering many categories, fine antique items, objets d’art, furniture, antiquities, items from antique archaeology, pictures, porcelain, sculpture, even some Egyptian furniture. [...]

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